Grandmaster Repertoire 2 – 1.d4 Volume Two at the printer

Friday night 1.15 am we uploaded GM Repertoire 2 – 1.d4 Volume Two to the printer in Estonia. Today they have started printing, using more than 6 ton of paper! We are very excited about this book. It is clearly our best book to date, I think, if you look at the chess content. The novelties probably amount to a 1000 and the impact on chess theory for this book is certain to equal if not dwarf that of GM1, which was reading material not just for chess fans hoping to improve, but also for players at the absolute top.

The book comes to 616 pages and will be available in a chess shop close to you at the end of February, if there are no more incidents with the Polish Border Patrols…

A small random excerpt of an idea I find quite amusing has been uploaded and can be found in the free e-book section. I will try to put it on the book as well, but I struggle to do so technically, so it might take a day or two…

11 thoughts on “Grandmaster Repertoire 2 – 1.d4 Volume Two at the printer”

  1. Lucky 1d4 “boring players”, we 1e4 players gonna kick your butt cause we haven’t been treated with respect which we do deserve: GM Rep should firstly satisfy 1e4 players 🙂 but now we are the last to be served 🙁

  2. Ponting is a Legend

    There have already been many books on 1. e4. A decent (better word, excellent) repertoire for 1. d4 has not been produced for a long time.

  3. Hey Jacob, I have GM1 and eagerly await GM2…I am an e4 or c4 player – so d4 is a major shift for me, so did not want to actually start playing it until I had volume 2! As a club-level player I have one main question – maybe if you have the time for a blog post! – how would you suggest going through these books and actually learning the openings? About a thousand pages between the two… any tips, software suggestions, drill-routines on ways and what to memorize? The key might be (as in the GM2 excerpt) focusing on the bold-lines to memorize, but the side-lines then scare me… just seems a bit overwhelming. How would you work with the 2 volumes and confidently learn and/or assimilate all you would need to know in order to play the opening? Thanks for any advice!

  4. Hi Charles,

    A few opinions.

    Maybe not every line is for you. Think about having other options. Of course we have Playing the Queen’s Gambit, which is a good book too, but there are also other options out there.

    The thing about those scary sidelines is that they are scary for the opponent as well.

    Memorise the sharp lines – use chessbase, plug in the main lines only (bold) and use the training function to memorise them by trying to remember both players moves. With the positional lines, you might want to copy certain typical position ideas.

    But this is the most important advise, one I have followed all the way to the British Championship. If you are not certain what the right move is, play what you think is the consequent move all the same. If you always play the best moves, the times you lose to opening preparation are very few. The times you beat prep. is actually higher…

  5. Jacob- put me down for this one and the Marin English books – they look very promising. Can you commission a book on the Petroff or the Queens Gambit Vienna/Ragozin as these are two topical lines that are not covered.

  6. Kostas Oreopoulos

    I am sure this would be on the same great quality as GM1 and GM3.

    I would propose to open a forum section, with separate sections for each book, so users can provide-discuss errors or new findings for the books.

    Keep up the great work!!

  7. For forums, go to Chess Publishing. We are active on and off there as well, and they debate all books. We actually have a forum set up, but have decided not to use it. I do not think there is enough traffic on our site. We do check Chess Publishing in periods where we have the energy and time.

    Petroff and QGD is understood. But let us just double our total output as a company over the next 15 months before we commission a great amount of extra books, please :-).

  8. Ponting is a Legend

    Jacob, would you say it is more useful to go over very in-depth books like GM2 with Chessbase/computer or using an actual chessboard?

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